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Or sit on the fence and use both? 

Here’s the scenario –  You’ve persuaded your daughter that yes – she can run a half marathon, and yes she can run the Rainbows Hospice Equinox* run in 7 weeks from now. You’ve even gone out for a 10.5 mile local run with her on a Sunday morning. 

So, how do you answer the question ‘How does that run compare with the actual run?’ That should be quite easy until you see the route notes supplied include descriptions like the following 

We’ll turn left out of the farm drive… up the dirt track and over Gravel Hill… might spot a trig point… turn left down a narrow lane… 

The run we did was a straightforward road run, so I could drive it – can’t drive along the dirt tracks at the Equinox run. The question then is which map do we use on t’internet to give us the best idea – is it Google or is it Bing?  The answer seems to be both. 

Let’s see what BING – especially its link to Ordnance Survey gives us… 

Here’s the farm drive – showing where it is in relation to a main road junction 

BING OS Link showing farm track

Here’s gravel hill and a trig point 

BING OS - Gravel Hill and Trig Point

And here’s the little lane 

Oh - that little lane (always wondered where it went)

Now – bring on Google Apps

Now that I’ve got my bearings and know roughly what I’m doing, lets now go to Google Maps, make sure I’ve signed into Google Maps and selected my maps (where I have the profile tool) 

As we know the route is going to go across paths, make sure to untick ‘follow roads’. This will make it a bit tricky – and beware of getting too accurate, the profile tool does have a restriction on the number of points allowed. 

The follow roads may cause problems!

So – on google maps we can find our start point .. 

Find the track near the junction

On the map note the ‘discontinuity’ where Google Maps doesn’t have the path past the trig point. 

This IS gravel Hill and Trig Point

Mark up the map, then click on ‘pop’ up, then use Cropper (if you haven’t seen Cropper – search for it in this blog) to get the bit you want. 

Hill profile for Equinox run - downhill is good

Today’s run looks like this .. 

And most people think Leicestershire is totally flat!

Answer – the Equinox is longer, but (possibly!) less uphills.  If you look at the scaling, it appears that the Equinox is a combination of a long downhill followed by the local run. (The long downhill is fortunately because the run starts on a watershed and doesn’t finish on one).

*The Equinox Run
This can either be run, walked or cycled (or even a combination of half walk half cycle!).  Proceeds from the event are for Rainbows – the East Midlands Children’s Hospice. 

If you’d like to take part, please respond below. 

If you’d like to win a meal for two, our local pub that does wonderful home made food is providing a meal for two for the winner of a sweepstake on Sarah’s finish time. Again – to take part reply on the comment form.